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Low Disk Space. Shows one total but I calculate differently

by swimbart / October 18, 2007 3:29 AM PDT

I'm curious about the disk space on my laptop. I have an 80gb or so drive. System information shows I have about 16gb free and the rest is used. When I go into Explorer and check the size of each file, I come up with total of around 17gb. How can the system say I have 60+ used but my total is 17gb? Where is the other content hiding and any special tricks to free up space.

I've defraged, run disk clean up and deleted everything I don't need and cannot see why so much of the disk is used.

Thanks for the help in advance.

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System info
by swimbart / October 18, 2007 3:31 AM PDT

Forgot to say I'm running Vista on a Lenovo T60p with 2gb memory and 80+ gb disk.

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Did you account for the partition?
by BrianZachary / October 18, 2007 5:19 AM PDT
In reply to: System info

My friend bought a laptop with Vista that has an 80 GB hard drive. If you look at the C Drive, it says it only has about half the size it's supposed to be. Turns out the rest of it was put in the D Drive (recovery drive). Why it was split like that, I have no idea.

I don't think you can change the size of the partition after it's made, but you might be able to delete the partition and create a new one and make it whatever size you want. I don't know anything about deleting or creating partitions, but there's tons of info and instructions on that subject.

Hope this helps.

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Are you accounting for file slack and ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 18, 2007 3:47 AM PDT

Any of those binary vs. decimal GB differences?

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